Appeals court holds Philip Morris once again liable for $10.1 billion award

An appeals court agreed with the plaintiffs that FTC claims should be taken into account

The back and forth over Philip Morris’s $10.1 billion award over deceiving customers has reared its head once again, and this time, it’s the class action plaintiffs that have the upper hand.

An Illinois appeals court ruled on April 29 that Altria Group’s (MO) Philip Morris USA unit is once again liable for the $10.1 billion verdict originally awarded to a class action group of smokers in 2003. That group claimed Philip Morris knowingly deceived customers about the nature of its light and low-tar tobacco products.

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